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Kickball Rules

THE FIELD:

 

The kickball diamond is a square with equal sides of 60 feet.

The strike zone extends to one foot on either side of home plate, and one foot high. There will be a box around the plate (one foot on all sides) which marks the strike zone. If any part of the ball falls within the zone or hits the line, then it is a strike (see Pitching/Catching for bouncing rule).

TEAMS:
Teams shall consist of a maximum of 10 players on the field and a minimum of eight players, with no more then six guys on the field at any time. If a team does not have four females, they must play short and will get an automatic out when that position is reached in the batting order. If you play with fewer than 10 players but have at least 4 women you do not have to take an automatic out. One of the players must be catcher.

All players kick but no more than two males can kick in a row. Females, can re-kick if needed to maintain proper ratios (assuming a minimum of four females). For example, a team has 9 guys and 4 girls one girl would be designated in the line-up to kick twice in the “fifth girl’s” spot to ensure proper ratios.

The kicking order is static and cannot change throughout the game. However, fielding positions can be changed between and during innings as long as no more then six males are on the field at one time. The only exception to this rule is that catchers may NOT be changed during the inning (ie, a female catcher cannot be replaced by a male catcher for specific batters – whoever starts the inning as catcher will be the only player allowed as catcher for that inning).

Each team must have two copies of the batting order. One copy of the kicking order MUST be given to the umpire before the start of the game and the other copy is for the team’s use.

REGULATION GAMES:
Games will last for seven innings, with the game being official after five innings (4 1/2 if the home team leads). No new innings will begin after 46 minutes have elapsed.

There are no extra innings; the game can end in a tie.

Any team that is not ready at game time automatically becomes the visitor and bats first, so the game starts on time. If that team gets three outs, and still does not have the minimum numbers of players to take the field, it becomes a forfeit.

There is a limit of nine runs per inning except for the last inning.

If a team leads by 12 runs or more after five innings, the game will be declared over.

PITCHING/CATCHING:
No bouncing of the ball to the kicker higher than one foot (as measured from the bottom of the ball). If the ball is bouncing higher than one foot off the ground at any point past the female bunting line before it reaches the plate, then it is a ball; however, the kicker does have the option of kicking it if he/she wishes.

A pitched ball must either roll or bounce at least twice before reaching the plate to be considered a strike.

If the pitch touches the line around the plate (and meets the conditions above), it is a strike.

The pitcher must stay within three feet of either side of the mound until the ball is kicked. If the pitcher crosses outside of the pitching area, a ball will be called. The kicker does have the option of kicking it if he/she so chooses.

No player may advance forward the 1st-3rd base diagonal until the ball is kicked, however anyone can field a bunt.

If a pitcher or fielder makes a play on the ball by illegally advancing beyond the 1st-3rd base diagonal, the runner will be declared safe.

The catcher must be positioned at least five feet behind the kicker and the plate until the ball is kicked. The catcher cannot interfere with the kicker.

The count begins at 1 ball, 1 strike.

Pitching must be underhand only.

KICKING / FIELDING:
All kicks must be made by the foot only and touched only once (ie, no knee or double-kicks). If a knee ball or double-kick occurs, the ball will be ruled a foul ball (strike).

The plant foot must be on or behind the line in front of home plate. If the line is crossed and the ball is put in play on the ground, it will be ruled a foul ball. If this “foul” ball is kicked in the air and the fielding team catches the pop fly, it will be ruled an out.

Males must kick the ball past the 1st-3rd base line. Females must kick the ball past a line that is 20 feet from the plate. Any kick that does not reach the respective line will be considered a foul once it comes to a complete stop. If the ball is fielded before it reaches this line, it is in play and considered fair.

Kickers may not stop the ball with their foot and then kick it.

If a fly ball is fielded near the foul line, the ball is declared fair or foul depending on where the ball is touched, not where the fielders feet are.

When a ball is fielded by the defense, they may not “kick” it within the infield– it must be thrown to its intended destination. An illegally kicked ball by the defense will result in either (1) all runners being called safe with each runner given a one base award or (2) no penalty if the runners advance farther than the one base award.

No more than 6 players on the defensive team may be inside the outfield grass or within 15 feet of the basepaths (if no outfield grass on field).

RUNNERS:
Runners must stay within the base line.

Fielders must stay out of the base line unless they are attempting to tag the runner or catch the kicked ball.

Fielders trying to make an out on base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline.

If a fielder attempts to physically obstruct a runner from advancing, the runner may advance as many bases as they would have potentially earned had they been able to run unobstructed. This is a judgment call by the official.

There will be an extra first base (aka safety base) placed next to first base for the runner. The fielder must tag the regular base to record the out and may not interfere in any way with the runner’s basepath. A fielder tagging the safety base only is not an out.

It is the responsibility of the runner to avoid a collision. Please save yourself and your opponents from injury by paying attention. Ties go to the runner – there’s no need to take out the baseman.

Neither leading off base, nor stealing a base is allowed.

A runner leading off base before the ball is kicked is out.

Hitting a runner with the ball above shoulder level is not allowed and the runner is safe, except for the following situations:

– If the runner intentionally uses the head to block the ball (runner is out).
– If the runner is ducking, diving, or sliding (i.e. attempting to dodge the ball) and is hit in the head because of this (runner is out).
– If the runner intentionally hits or kicks the ball out of bounds after being tagged out, the ball is dead and all runners must return to their original bases.

Runners may tag on all fair & foul balls. In a “tagging” situation, the runner may leave base as soon as the ball is FIRST touched by a member of the fielding team (see softball rules for further clarification, if needed).

All ties will go to the runner.

On an overthrow, all players may continue to advance provided the ball is still in play. The ball is dead if it touches sideline players, spectators, equipment, or goes out of bounds.

When two runners are on the same base at the same time, the fielder has the choice of tagging either runner with the ball. The runner who is tagged is out and the other runner is safe and may stay on the base.

FOUL BALL RULE:
Once a kicker has two strikes, the kicker has one courtesy foul. The second foul after two strikes is an out.

OUTS:
A count of three outs by a team completes the team’s half of the inning. An out can be recorded by throwing the ball to the base or hitting the runner below the shoulders.

Hitting the base with the ball does not count as an out. The fielder must hit the runner with the ball or maintain control of the ball on the base on a forced run.

UMPIRE’S CALLING TIME:
When the ball is in the infield and no runners are between the bases, time will be called by the umpire, which signals “time out” in which no runners can advance.

PLAYOFF EXTRA INNINGS:
If extra innings are required in a playoff game, both teams (away, home) will have the opportunity to bat / kick. The player who was AT BAT the previous inning when the third out was recorded will start at 2nd base with no outs. The person at the plate will start with a 3-2 count (0 outs) and will not be allowed a courtesy foul (thus, it’s 1-pitch). This “extra-inning” rule will continue for all extra innings until a winning team is established.

OTHER RULES:
If a rule is not otherwise stated here standard softball rules hold.

There is no Infield Fly Rule, unless the fielder intentionally drops the ball in an attempt to turn a double play.

Some fields will have out of bounds areas. The refs will declare these areas before the start of each game. If the ball enters one of these areas, the ball is dead and play will stop. Extra bases may be awarded depending on the particular field. Check with your umpire for details.

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